Here are some random pics from the past week or so.


Shadow family.


Swim date.


Angry Birds Theater.


Teeny helicopter.


Trying out a Pinterest inspired ‘do.


Our neighborhood ducklings are looking super cute. I wish they’d stop hanging out near the road though.


Snuggly morning.




Really happy to get back to (somewhat) normal eating again.


Wizarding 101.


MK lovin’.


Big stack of photos printed for Father’s Day.


We bought this book in West Virginia and he had it finished by the time we got home.


Banana milkshakes!


Okay this wasn’t the actual Super Moon. I got my dates confused. But pretty cool anyway.


Camera shy.




Watching Being Human U.S. Just finished Season 3 and it was great! Sorry, but it’s put this season of Vampire Diaries to shame.
Reading Just finished World War Z. Nothing shows the best and worst of humanity like the zombie apocalypse. There are scenes in that book that will haunt me for a long time.
Listening to Fall Out Boy (My songs know what you did in the dark) and Imagine Dragons (Radioactive) on loop. Yes, I am heavily influenced by TV commercials in my musical taste.
Making lots of blog posts to let things run themselves here for a couple of weeks.
Feeling excited, but unproductive.
Planning Little Man’s birthday party. We’re on our second or third theme change, which is stressful.
Loving the quiet and solitude while it lasts.
Working out again.
Eating tons of salads.
Enjoying our last couple of days of cursing and general debauchery until we have to be good influences again.
Grabbing blog train goodies instead of doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
Taking a break from most of my CT’s for June.
Dreaming vividly and violently every. single. night. And many of them involve people on the internet that I’ve never met, although those aren’t usually the violent ones.
Getting some nice MK snuggles.



Watching Real Housewives of OC reruns.
Reading Skinned again. Jason started it this week, so I’m rereading it.
Listening to Justin Timberlake’s new album free on iTunes.
Making many failed dishes. (I should not cook while sick).
Feeling congested.
Planning nothing really, trying to survive now atm.
Loving that he makes me laugh when I’m super cranky.
Blowing my nose constantly.
Missing the Pop Stuff podcast, but happy the hosts are going on to Stuff You Missed in History Class.
Craving chicken.


Super Duper happy and excited that the Veronica Mars Kickstarter has totally surpassed their goal! And in only one day!



Watching The Mentalist like it’s our job.
Reading The Raven Boys. I hit a streak of really good books lately. I’ve learned quite a bit about drug legalization, the Church of England, and medieval apothecaries. The one exception is a certain Barbara Michaels book. Really terrible.
Listening to Muse.
Making Squash and Feta.
Feeling excited for our first Friday night out in like, forever.
Planning to work on some Project Life this weekend.
Loving not feeling like garbage for the first time in days.

Not much to say today. I think all of my limited creativity is taking a bit of a break. It’s mad at me for not following through on things the past couple of weeks. But I’m getting way better sleep without it pounding around in my brain all night, so that’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚


Watching CSI reruns and Top Chef
Reading Midwives (so good!)
Listening to podcasts, as always
Making all kinds of random food. Carrot puree, Homemade cheese crackers, and lots of soup and fish.
Feeling worried about the huge pile of cash we owe in taxes this year.
Planning some homey projects.
Loving this sudden nesting instinct to prune, purge, and organize my plants and spices.
Annoyed that between Jason being on call and the cat being psycho, it feels like we have a baby in the house interrupting our sleep every night.
Looking forward to sunrise on the beach and the Garlic Festival this weekend.


Watching Saturday Night Live reruns
Reading Insurgent, Deep Storm
Listeningย Breaking Dawn soundtrack, lots of podcasts
Making Morikami inserts for Project Life
Feeling Nervous
Planning for next week
Loving Jason’s white shirt a lot
Realizing when I’m stress eating Sprite and Hoho’s like they’re going out of style, it’s better to do a workout, even if I hadn’t planned one today
Remembering why I gave up soda. It makes me feel blech
Needing to do some cleaning
Looking forward to chatting with Stacey Julian at BPC tonight
Hating banks and how they like to randomly purge me from their system
Excited about the Wellington kit
Rediscovering some templates I made months ago


Watching– cooking shows (Sweet Genius is insane), NCIS, YouTube
Reading– People
Listening– Divergent, podcasts
Making– smoothies and homemade spaghetti sauce
Feeling– sore
Planning– blog posts and workouts
Loving– new nail polish, fingernails and toes that match

written 1.18.13

High Five for Friday


Wow this marks my 10th High Five for Friday post! I’m not always consistent about doing them, it’s been over a month since I wrote one, but I love gathering together snippets of things that I’m excited about and grateful for. These will be fun looking back at in five years, that’s for sure.

So here are five awesome things from the last month or so…

1. Hunger Games. Oh yes. Obsessed. Read of my love of all things HG here.

2. Looking (nearly) normal again. I had my eyelid I&D a couple of weeks ago. I looked pretty gross for awhile before and after, but on the road to looking like myself again. It’s awesome not to look like the bad guy in the Green Lantern anymore. Or like I got in a bar fight.

3. My sister got her first job!!!! SO proud of her!!! She has had so many struggles these past month with the house fire and the ending of her long term relationship. I’m so glad things are looking up for her.

4. Little Man made it safely back to CA and is doing well. He started school Monday. Will post a pic as soon as him mom sends me one.

5. Fluffy shows and books. I’m tearing through the Amelia Peabody mysteries. I started reading them back in high school, but I stopped somewhere around book 12 or 13. I picked them up again after I read HG. I decided to start over again, and I’m on the 12th book. It’s kind of interesting reading them as a married lady v. reading them in high shool and in my early 20’s. I was surprised to realize how these books have influenced some of my thinking, especially about men.

Also watching a lot of Big Bang Theory reruns, and our usual House Hunters and Bitchin’ Kitchen. Can’t wait to introduce little man to Nadia G. As Jason said, “He is so going to be in love with her”. I don’t think he’s the only one ๐Ÿ˜›

Okay one more thing that I’m ridiculously stupidly excited for…

6. Holy Balls Becky Higgins! I actually said that out loud when I saw that she’s going to be doing a SMALLER VERSION OF A PROJECT LIFE ALBUM!!! I am so intimidated by her 12×12 albums. I always have everything printed in 8×8 whether it’s pages or books. That’s one of my main reasons for doing PL in digital form. And I probably still will. But I would LOVE to maybe use one of her smaller books as Little Man’s next summer book. Or to make mini books of trips. Or… oh so many possibilities there! She has a ton of new announcements up on her blog this week, including designs by Elise Blaha (!), new baby kits, and new kits for kids. Hopefully these will all be available digitally too. Can’t wait!

Linkin’ up with From My Grey Desk.

Happy Hunger Games!

Okay I know I’m really late to this party. But I just read the Hunger Games books the week before last. And saw the movie last weekend. Twice. Jason and I have spent the last week scouring You Tube for anything remotely HG related. We might be slightly obsessed.

I was extremely wary of reading this series. Not only for the obvious reasons, I mean who really gets excited reading books about kids killing kids? I never could finish Lord of the Flies either. But I also have family issues that made me seriously doubt I would like these books. Mother issues. Little Sister issues. I know what it’s like to have a mom who’s “checked out”. I know what it’s like to need to provide when other people can’t. And I especially know about sacrificing your life to protect someone else. Only in my case it wasn’t literally, thank goodness.

I absolutely without a doubt would have done what Katniss did at the Reaping. I would have volunteered. No question. Then I promptly would have tripped and fallen off my platform and gotten myself blown up before the games could even start. Because I am no Katniss. I am also very clumsy ย and have not an ounce of badass-ness. But on a very deep level I do understand her character.

So I didn’t want to read them. And when my sister read the first one, she told me not to read them. And when my husband read the first one, he told me not to read them. But he kept going in the series. And he loved it. And he told me to read them anyway. He told me that while the mother/sister stuff was important, it was so much bigger than that.

He finally talked me into reading them when I was waiting for my eyelid I&D to heal up. I said I would, under one condition. I wanted to be spoiled. I didn’t want any surprises. I wanted to know about every disaster, every death. I wanted to be mentally prepared. So I kept him updated on my progress, then over the course of a couple of nights he would feed me spoilers after work. I love him for that. He told me just enough, but not too much. He baby-ed me through reading them and I’m so glad he did. Because it was worth it. They are So Good.

I won’t get into a review or anything like that here. There are so many people who have done it more eloquently than I could have. And I don’t want to say anything because I’m hoping my sister will finish up the series and we can talk about it. Like Jason and I have. For hours and hours and hours.

We saw the movie last weekend too, twice. I loved it. I couldn’t find much fault with it at all. I think Jason loved it slightly less. He thinks it could have benefitted from voice over. I don’t necessarily agree, because I think the actress did a good enough job portraying what was in Katniss’s head without having to say anything. We both wish they had put in longer scenes between Katniss and Rue where Rue talks about her District. I think that’s where Katniss really starts to understand how different Districts are run, and how in some ways she hasn’t had it so bad. I think that’s a really important part of the story. But there is a lot of room in the second movie to drive that point home. Also, you don’t get quite a good enough sense of just how despicable the Capitol is. Maybe we’ll get more of that in the second movie too.

All in all I really loved the movie. I loved the contrast between the grey of District 12 and the vivid garishness of the Capitol. Loved the costumes. Loved the scenery. They made things even better than I had imagined them while reading the book. I think that’s really difficult to do, but they definitely pulled it off. I think the acting was pretty phenomenal. I was wary of Woody Harrelson playing Hamich, but he did an amazingly nuanced performance. You would get glimpses of the rage hiding behind his drunken condescension. Loved it. I was even more wary of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, but as soon as he opened his mouth and started talking… oh yes I was sold. I just can’t say enough about the young actors and actresses. they were fantastic.

And I can’t believe I’ve blabbed on for this long. I just love it So Much. Seriously. I could go on and on for hours…. instead I’ll leave you with a couple of cool Hunger Games links.

Katie Scott has a fabulous scrapbooking challenge based on HG. I will definitely be working this one!

Here’s a fan-made video of the Second Quarter Quell.

High Five for Friday #6

Hello Friday! I’m so glad you’re here. We have some fun stuff planned for this weekend and I can’t wait to get started.

But first, weekly gratitude post. I really like doing these. It helps me get my head straight sometimes and realize that I’m surrounded by awesomeness in my daily life. Will be linking up with Lauren from From My Grey Desk.

1. Growing things. I LOVE my little balcony container garden. Crossing my fingers that I can keep them alive,

2. Jason is feeling better. After a couple of weeks with an intracostal strain, Jason is finally on the mend.

3. (i)NSD. InterNational Scrapbooking Day was last weekend. Oh, how I shopped! I’m still organizing it all, but will do a post on that soon.

4. My blog. It’s been 3 months since I started writing here in my tiny corner of the interwebs. This will be my 44th post. I’m pretty psyched about it. I have lots of plans and schemes.

5. Missus Smarty Pants. I am fashion challenged. I admit that freely. And after years of wearing mostly scrubs, it’s really strange to suddenly need an “outfit” for every day of the week. I’m so over the yoga pants an t-shirt look I’ve been sporting for months now. MSP has been a great help to me in the past, and I’m looking forward to joining again in the near future. In the meantime I’m listening to her podcasts.

Honorable mention:

Cinco de Mayo, washing our car together, talks with Melissa, Barack Obama, any night when Miss Kitty lets us get a full night’s sleep, and The Lovely Bones (finished last week)